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The B-52s Cosmic Thing RIAA Gold Album Award

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RIAA Gold album award the B-52s Cosmic Thing album. The album, which was released on June 27, 1989, was certified Gold by the RIAA on Nov. 8, 1989 for 500,000 copies sold.

The group's fifth studio effort become their most successfully, spawning ubiquitous hit "Love Shack", which went to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 in the UK and #1 in Australia, also charting in many other world markets. "Roam" also did well, rising into the top 20.  The album itself peaked at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart and #8 on the UK Albums chart. By 2000 the release had gone 4x Multi-Platinum, becoming the group's best selling to date. See image for all the RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years*.

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA "R hologram" Gold award with LP and cassette
  • In VG condition
  • First presentation award from 1989
  • Presentation to music industry executive
  • All original components unaltered with original backing paper and manufacturer's label
  • Award measures approx. 17" x 21"
  • Awesome collector's item for any fan of The B-52s
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Gold album award that would have been manufactured in 1989, making this award approx. 31 years old. It is presented to record executive Michael Ostin.

This award appears to be in completely original condition, i.e. unaltered components including an original back with Fitzgerald Hartley manufacturer sticker. The award's components and frame are in VG condition, with only some very minor mars on the frame and plexiglas. 

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Notes on the condition of all vintage RIAA awards: Please do not buy this item if you want a brand new piece of memorabilia. These are historical artifacts from the year they were produced. As a result they may show signs of wear. Frankly, if you see a 20 to 50-year-old award purported to be in 100% perfect condition, it might be too good to be true. After all, an antique should have "good' wear. If not, you might want to question the piece.

As to where they came from, they could have been displayed in record label offices, recording studios, artist manager's offices, radio stations, private collector's homes and yes, of course, possibly the artist's or songwriter's home. Typically, we don't know all the places they may have been over the years other than what we've stated in the description.

Finally, a word on photos: Our photos are zoomable so you can get a very good look. Do let us know if you want photos of any other details on our pieces and we'll be happy to provide. 

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